Healthy low Calorie Whole Wheat Penne with turkey Sausage

Whole Wheat Penne Pasta & Sweet Italian Sausage

Servings: 4

Calories per servings: 293

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz. package of Whole Wheat Penne pasta
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 turkey Sausages – (turkey is half the calories of beef sausages)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • A handful of fresh Basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • A pinch (or more) of crushed red pepper

Directions:

  • Cook the pasta in boiling generously salted water and drain, reserving some of the cooking water
  • Meanwhile in another pan saute the onion in a little olive oil until it’s clearish, about 5 minutes
  • Add the sausage, break it up with a spoon, and stir it a bit
  • When the sausage is about half cooked through add the fennel seed, garlic, and crushed red pepper and cook it for about a minute
  • Add the canned diced tomatoes and give it a stir
  • let the whole thing simmer for 15 minutes or so (longer is better but 15 minutes is enough)
  • Add the Basil and season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Spoon the pasta into a bowl and top it with the sauce, or add the pasta to the sauce and toss the whole mess together adding some of the reserved pasta cooking water if it looks a little dry
  • garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese

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